Ischemic Heart Disease?


Hello Jim, I was diagnosed with ischemic heart disease in 2011 after suffering a heart attack. Approximately 2 weeks later I suffered another heart attack. One year later a third heart attack and a fourth in 2017. And recently I was diagnosed with atherosclerosis. Does this latest diagnosis qualify for additional benefits from VA? Thanks for any information and advise. 


Jim's Reply:

If you are a Vietnam veteran and you have had a rating for IHD, the diagnosis of atherosclerosis has been made already. Atherosclerosis is just another name for IHD or hardening of the arteries and it's what has caused your heart attacks., no additional benefit.